The Orchestra Unplugged is a special collaboration between the Orpheum Theatre Group and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
Memphis Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Moody brings you inside the minds and music of composers to discover new connections and meaning to incredible works of art. So come spend an evening at the Halloran, and experience live orchestral music with a unique twist only Robert Moody can provide! Featuring a 45-minute version of Mozart’s most fun and fantastical opera, known for dragons, magical flutes, singing bird-people, and of course the amazing “Queen of the Night” aria! Presented in partnership with Opera Memphis.
About Robert Moody
2022/2023 marks Maestro Robert Moody’s sixth season as Music Director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. The MSO is enjoying great artistic and organizational success in this era; expanded and adventurous programming, the MSO’s first commercial recording in over three decades, and greatly improved financial underpinning are hallmarks of this success. Moody is also Music Director of the lauded Arizona Musicfest, boasting one of the finest festival orchestras in North America. Players hail from the top orchestras in the world, including the Vienna and New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestra, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco Symphony, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
In 2018, Moody completed an eleven-year tenure as Music Director for the Portland (Maine) Symphony, and thirteen-year tenure as Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony (NC); both are now model 21st century regional orchestra success stories.
Debuts this season include orchestras in Colombia, German, and South Africa, as well as Sacramento Symphony in the U.S. Guest Conducting has included Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and the orchestras of Toronto, Houston, Indianapolis, Detroit, Seattle, Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Buffalo, Louisville, Slovenian Philharmonic. Opera and Festival conducting includes Santa Fe Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, Brevard Music Center, Sewanee Festival, Eastern Music Festival, PortOpera, Oregon Bach Festival, Opera Carolina, and Des Moines Metro Opera.
Moody served as Associate, then Resident Conductor, of The Phoenix Symphony (AZ) from 1998 through 2006. Prior to Phoenix, he was Assistant, then Associate Conductor for the Evansville (IN) Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director (and founder) of the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and director of Evansville Philharmonic Chorus.
A native of South Carolina, Moody holds degrees from Furman University and the Eastman School of Music. He is a Rotarian, and has served on boards of YMCA, AIDs Care Services, and Charlotte Master Chorale. He is an avid runner, and now runs the St. Jude half-marathon in Memphis each year.
About Opera Memphis
Founded in 1956 to provide a year round counterpart to the annual Metropolitan Opera tour, Opera Memphis has presented opera, musical theater and vocal music in venues across the region through thirteen presidents, nine recessions, three trips to The Final Four and one global pandemic. In addition to hundreds of productions of existing operas, OM has also commissioned more than a dozen world premieres featuring Memphis artists and Memphis stories. Their signature program is 30 Days of Opera, which brings free daily performances to every zip code in the city and beyond.Since it launched in 2012, it has featured over 600 free performances and reached over 430,000 people, the majority of whom were hearing live opera for the first time. Its success led to invitations to speak about the model by the National Endowment for the Arts, Opera America, and The World Opera Forum.